Bicolanos showcase their survival versatility in “Oragon” documentary

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Johnny C. Nuñez

Bicolanos have showcased their survival creativity and versatility in a short documentary the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) featured in the 9th episode of its ’Laging Handas’ media information series recently.

“Oragon” is a Bicolano term, a nominative adjective  which means “astutely talented,” even as its malicious and naughty dimention implies “sexual itch and propensity.”

The documentary is a project of the PCOO  Office of Global Media and Public Affairs (OGMPA). It shows viewers how Bicolanos prepared for and responded to the Super Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses that hit their regions amidst the prevailing Covid-19 situation.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol Regional Director Arnel Garcia said Bicolanos have an “Oragon” kind of attitude, which helps them withstand crises and calamities.

Garcia said their agency’s slogan “is to provide the kind of ‘Oragon service’ all the time, and we, Bicolanos show this through the delivery of our services, which should be durable, strong, and sustainable at all times.” During calamities or crises, “we are united,” he added with stress.

Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua said the cultural orientation of Bicolanos is to be always prepared for typhoons and related calamities that regularly hit them and their region. province.

“We are located on the eastern side of the Pacific, that is why typhoons often strike our province and the entire Bicol Region. Over the years, we have developed that culture of always being prepared for typhoons,” Cua shared.

Cua shared that “if they (Bicolanos) know it will be a super typhoon, they will seek shelter in well-built houses, and that is a big factor why we have few casualties here in Catanduanes during the Typhoon Rolly onslaught.”

The Bicol Region has been heavily devastated by the recent strong typhoons, flash floods, and lahar flows from the slopes of Mayon Volcano. Thousands of residents in the regions have been rescued and remain in evacuation centers even as the Covid-19 remains a threat their houses have been flattened to the ground, if not demolished.

Authorities said the recent calamities that hit vast areas in Luzon have displaced some 930,000 families consisting of about 3 million individuals from 6,321 barangays in Bicol, the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and National Capital Region (NCR).

PCOO said the “Oragon” documentary will also be livestreamed on their and NTF COVID-19 Facebook pages, as well as other government-affiliated social media pages.

The agency assured that media outlets are free to share and use their “Oragon” and other video materials and documentaries. Interested parties may inquire or send their emails to [email protected]. ###

NOTE: “Talagang Oragon man baga kita!” The author of this piece in a Bicolano himself who hails from Tubli, Caramoran, Catanduanes.

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